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brandon on Apr 27 at 8:22
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I wasn't at all impressed with Hughes. His fastball is straight as an arrow, and I never saw a great change. He has a nice curveball, but he needs to learn how to throw it for strikes.

This guy is not the next coming of Doc Gooden. He's just another over-hyped, over-rated Yankee farmhand.

I pray this losing streak continues. If they get swept by the Red Sux, Torre ass is really going to be on the hot seat. And with Mariano falling apart (is he even on the team anymore?), the Yankee's run is offically over.

Finally, I'll be able to afford tickets...

I have an idea, why don't you root for the Mets?

Ha! Look who is talking, you rooted for half a season for the Sixers to lose every game so that they would fire their coach, GM and get more lottery balls for the draft.

You can do all the rooting against the Yanks you want, I'm not the boss of you.

I don't think your criticism of Hughes is valid. He was dominant for three innings, shaky in the first, and tired in the fifth.

I saw a lot of good things, and a lot of bad things. The only thing you can take away from this game is that he could be great, and he could not be.

As far as your comments about his pitches:

1. Major league hitters don't swing and miss at 92MPH fastballs that are "straight as an arrow"

2. His curve is sick. Absolutely sick. And he threw it for strikes.

3. His change, admittedly his third-best pitch, is 10 MPH off his fastball, and it tails away from the left handed hitter. Go back and look at what he did to Overbay in the first, and Rios in the third with his change. That pitch will be the key to his career. If he isn't afraid to use it, he'll neutralize lefties with it and slow down the bats of righties, making his fastball look faster.

There is reason to be excited by this kid. He's got a plus fastball, a dominant curve, and a change that's right in the middle velocity-wise.

Give him a couple more starts, let him get used to facing major league hitters, if he's still having outings like last night, then I'll agree he should be sent down. I don't think it's going to happen though. I think he's here to stay.


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